Myths about dental implants answered

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At Crofts Dental Practice, we have a wealth of expertise when it comes to fitting dental implants Essex and can help you to separate the truth from the myths you may read online.

Here, our team debunks common myths about dental implants Essex, to help you learn the truth about these nifty restoratives.

Myth 1- Oral implants require a lot of maintenance

Dental implants Essex require no more maintenance or work than your natural teeth.

So, to ensure that both the implant and the prosthetic tooth or teeth do not succumb to gum disease, you will need to brush your teeth twice a day, floss them with the same regularity and of course, visit our team twice a year for a check-up.

Myth 2- Oral implant fittings are painful

No, they aren’t- we promise!

When it comes to having oral implants fitted, our team will always ensure that the gums and the jaw are fully numbed, to prevent any feelings of discomfort. Although, you may feel pressure as we fit the implant(s).

Once you are at home, any discomfort should be controllable by taking over-the-counter pain relief such as paracetamol. Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen, as these medications are renowned for thinning the blood and can lead to the worsening of bruises.

Myth 3- Oral implants are likely to become infected

This is a puzzling myth as, due to the sterile environment that they are fitted in and due to the cleanliness of dental surgeries in general, they are at no higher risk of becoming infected than any other type of surgery.

When you are at home after having oral implants fitted, you should take care to keep the site of the implant clean, using saltwater. Refrain from brushing the area for a few days to allow the gums to heal and to avoid aggravating the stitches.

But, there are some signs to keep an eye out for, which could indicate an infection. These include a foul taste or odour in your mouth, swelling, discolouration of the gums (blue, reddening or yellowing), a fever, feeling or being sick and worsening discomfort.

If you notice any of these symptoms, then please contact our team for an emergency appointment.

Myth 4- Oral implants are expensive

OK, so this is a myth that may not be entirely false, but we feel we have to include it.

If you are looking at the total due after having oral implants fitted, then it will probably look very pricey, but actually, our team at Crofts Dental Practice may be able to offer you financing options to help you spread out the cost into affordable monthly repayments.

For more information on this option, please talk to our team.

Myth 5- Oral implants are risky

No, they aren’t.

A lot of research has gone into assessing suitability for oral implants, along with the fitting itself and the aftercare. In short, this is a science and our team knows all that there is to know about it.

The procedure itself has been practised for decades in operating theatres and the only issues that prevented it from being performed in dental surgeries before were those surrounding numbing agents and anaesthetics.